A Fitchburg, Mass., woman and her 3-year-old daughter fell victim last week to the product of increasingly militarized and invasive tactics used by police officers throughout the United States.
At 6:04 a.m. last Thursday, just before her alarm clock was set to go off, Judy Sanchez was awakened by pounding at the door of her apartment, according to CBS Boston.
Looking to the door, Sanchez saw a terrifying sight.
“I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door,” she said. “And I was freaking out. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Within moments, the chainsaw had ripped her front door to pieces and a team of FBI drug raid agents swarmed her apartment.
“That’s when I heard the clicking of a gun and I heard ‘FBI, get down!’, so I laid right on down.” She said. “And they said get your dog, so I got her and at the same time I am laying in her urine because she did pee on herself at the same time.”
Sanchez laid on the floor for 35 minutes, with her daughter screaming for her in the other room.
The raid was the result of a two-year investigation of the occupants of the apartment 2F in the building. Sanchez resides in 2R.
“The looks on their faces when they knew they got the wrong door was priceless,” she said. “They looked at each other dumbfounded.”
The Feds realized their mistake and arrested the suspect next door; Sanchez said she could not believe that the botched raid was the result of a two-year investigation.
The Feds later apologized.
“For me it felt routine apology, it felt like just a regular, ‘I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Here’s the phone number for your landlord to get reimbursed for the door, have a good day.’”